A local court in its judgment acquitted Virbhadra Singh of charges of corruption and conspiracy in much publicized audio CD case.
It would be a major relief to Virbhadra Singh who would sworn for the sixth terms of Himachal Chief Minister on Wednesday.
Announcing the judgement in the open court, Special Judge B.L.Soni said “No case is made out as not even a single witness supported the prosecution evidence.”.
Singh was also present in the jam packed court when the judgement was announced. The special Judge had slapped charges of conspiracy and corruption in a 23-year-old case on June 25 this year, holding that there was
sufficient evidence to proceed against them. The framing of charges had led to his resignation from union cabinet the very next day.
The Court framed charges against Singh and his wife under Section 120 B (conspiracy) of IPC and Sections 7, 11 and 13 of Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA), dealing with bribery and criminal misconduct.
The verdict has vindicated the stand of Virbhadra Singh, who had all along maintained that he was being framed in a false case due to political vendetta.
The case against Singh goes back to 1989 when he was Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh. The charges are based on an audio CD that purportedly contains a conversation with IAS officer Mohinder Lal and some industrialists regarding monetary transactions for them to invest
in the state.
They were booked in the case on August 3, 2009, on the basis of the CD released by his arch rival in the Congress and former minister Vijay Singh Mankotia in May 2007 and the prosecution filed the case in the court of special judge in October 2010.